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Evaluation Task Number 3…

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Creating our Third Ident: Candle

With our first two ideas for an ident proving to be a disaster, Emelia and I hoped that our idea of the candles would work out well. The original plan was to have multiple candles all lit, flickering in a dark location. However, when setting up the many candles all with varying height, widths and colour the shot was not as aesthetically pleasing as I had originally envisaged. I then tried the same shot using just one, fairly large candle. In my opinion, this looked a whole lot better. It was then when I remembered that one of the features of an ident promoted simplicity. Because of this, I decided to stick with just the one candle. After many retakes and lots of fiddling with the lighting, I thought that it looked most effective when the candle was the only source of light in the room; this meant that when blown out, the room fell into pitch black. I decided to go with this as I thought when the room goes pitch black, the title of the production company could appear. I also played around with the various settings on my phone, for example time-lapse and slow motion. In the end I decided to film using slow motion as, in my opinion, this created a rather eery and foreboding atmosphere. It also looked a whole lot more graceful and aesthetic in my opinion. Here is the original footage that I used before editing…

The next stage was importing the footage into iMovie. After this, I cut the video right down as idents are not meant to be too long. I cut the footage down so that the candle is shown to be blown out into a dark screen. The next thing that I had to worry about was adding the name of the production company. Although one of our original ideas, Emelia and I had not originally come up with a name for this specific ident. At first I was keen to call it “Candlewick Pictures”. However, no matter how much I tried, I could not get this to fit into the text option that I had chosen. Because of this, I went onto thesaurus.com and began looking for alternative words to light, bright, candle, fire, etc. After a lengthy search, I found the word lucent. The definition for lucent is “glowing with or giving off light”. I then asked my Mum for her opinion on the name, she loved the name and also mentioned that it also reminded her of some sort of sorcery or evil/demon; this gave me more confidence with the name as it could be linked into the thriller genre. When I was finally happy with the name, I played around with the various functions for text and chose the “Focus” effect for the text. I then had to choose a font. This proved to be one of the most difficult parts for me as I could simply not decide. In the end, I settled for “Baskerville” in the size 144. After this, I added a fade to make sure that the introduction was smooth and also so that the flickering of the flame was included. I thought this was fairly important as the flickering adds an eery tone and relates the ident to the genre of thriller. Here is the final candle ident…

I am happy with how this ident turned out. I feel as though it sets the tone and flow for the upcoming film opening and relates to our chosen genre well. Emelia and I have chosen to play the soundtrack from the film opening over the two idents in attempt to bring it all together. Because of this, we do not have to search for music for the idents. Emelia and I are now brainstorming, thinking about what we could use for our animated ident.

Final Storyboards…

Emelia and I spent a fair deal of time on completing our storyboards. However, we felt as though the storyboards were an important aspect of the planning as they would be so much help in future aspects of making our film opening. Although the continuity of our storyboards is not fantastic due to the fact that the split up the task between the two of us, we are happy with the flow of our film and can clearly picture the end product in our heads. Emelia and I are not the most talented of artists and so some drawings may not make as much sense to others as they do to us; however, we do not think that this is a huge problem as it is us who needs to understand the planning of the shot. If we were to have more time, I would be tempted to create a set of storyboards online using software such as http://www.storyboardthat.com where you can create a cartoon version of your storyboards. Emelia and I also did not include as much detail within the frames as we maybe should have done; however, once again we did not view this as hugely important as we are not 100% sure of these details now anyway and so the shot would be inaccurate. Overall, we are fairly pleased with our storyboards.

In order to be able to visualise the flow of our film opening to the maximum extent, we decided to animate the storyboards. To do this, I had to take individual shots of each frame. I then imported these onto iMovie and ordered them correctly. I then had to consider the timings and shorten/lengthen the shots until I was happy with the outcome. Emelia and I thought that the animation would be more useful if it was simply of the drawing itself rather than including the writing and dialogue etc into the animation. We decided this as then you can focus more on what is occurring in each shot. Now that we have an animated video of our storyboard, we can use this to our advantage and plan to bring the video with us when filming. We plan to do this as we believe that it will help us to concentrate on the flow, stay efficient and eliminate mistakes surrounding rules such as the ‘180 Degree Rule’. Here is our animated film of our storyboards…

 

Storyboard Planning…

When sitting down to begin drawing our storyboards, Emelia and I were unsure on the various shots that we wanted to use and the flow of our film. In order to come over this and to get a more general view into the various shots in our opening, Emelia and I decided to plan out each storyboard square before beginning to draw. Also, this meant that Emelia and I could split the storyboards up between us knowing exactly what we had to do. We chose to split up the task so that we could carry on with the process faster whilst having highly detailed storyboards. When planning what would be in each shot, Emelia and I had to consider the types of shots often seen in thriller films. We also had to consider the range of our shots. For example, continuous use of long shots would distance the viewers from the film as it may seem more unrealistic and boring. Once Emelia and I had finished planning out our shots, we split them between us and began our sketching. However, it was rather tedious bringing in the many A3 sheets into school and we also often found ourselves struggling to find the correct sheet! Because of this, I decided to animate the plan in a short video as this would be easy for us to access and also allowed us to visualise the flow and movement of the film. Here is the animation of our storyboard plan…